Introducing InstaGraphs

Here at FanGraphs, a normal post runs in the range of 1,000 words. We’re wordy folk, basically. But sometimes, we have things that might be interesting at 200 words and would be ridiculously boring at 1,000 words. Maybe it’s a link to something someone else wrote, or simply a fun little tidbit from the leaderboards. Or, hey, the Astros just offended someone else, but what else is new? These things are worth pointing out, but not worth writing eight paragraphs about, so they’ve generally ended up on the cutting room floor. Or Twitter.

Over the last few months, I did a few experiments with shorter posts on the site, and the reaction was mostly positive, so today, we’re launching a dedicated section for these kinds of posts, and we’re calling it InstaGraphs. Essentially, this will be the place for things that are interesting enough to note but aren’t full articles, though maybe eventually they’ll turn into one. Or maybe not. Maybe they’re just interesting standalone items that don’t need extrapolation.

InstaGraphs will be part of the main FanGraphs blog, but we wanted to make it a little more clear when you should expect 200 words and a GIF instead of 1,000 words and a formula, so you’ll note the new InstaGraphs box on the home page; the most recent articles will show up there, and you’ll be able to click through straight from that dedicated box.

Overall, we think InstaGraphs will be a fun place to note things that otherwise probably wouldn’t have turned into content, and hopefully you guys will enjoy the extra pieces each day. Just a heads up, though: it will probably mean more Cistulli GIFs of mediocre curveballs from the California League. You’ve been warned.

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Max
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Max

I like the idea, but I can’t help but wonder if this is the replacement for NotGraphs…

David
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David

They say that brevity is the soul of wit, but this seems a poor substitute.

#KeepNotGraphs

Well-Beered Englishman
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Well-Beered Englishman

Maybe they will replace NotGraphs with ListGraphs:

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#KeepNotGraphs
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#KeepNotGraphs

1 Weird Trick to Keep FanGraphs Readers On Their Toes

Daniel
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Daniel

David Appelman hates this!

#KeepNotGraphs
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#KeepNotGraphs

5 6 Mind-Blowing Ways Clayton Kershaw is Even Better Than You Thought

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/instagraphs/the-dominance-of-clayton-kershaw/

Keegs
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Keegs

Giancarlo Stanton Hit A Baseball. What Happens Next Will Blow Your Mind.

Iron
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Iron

One weird trick discovered by a mom that changed Evan Longoria’s swing plane.